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Rhinoplasty is one of the most frequently performed nasal plastic surgery operations, because the nose is the first noticeable feature located right in the middle of the face. The proportion of the nose to other features (forehead, eyebrow, upper lip, etc.) gives each one of us a unique profile. In addition, the nasal cartilage and bone structures between the millimetrical levels are based on the proportions of the beauty finds.
The development of facial bones is complete at the age of 18, therefore it is performed for those 18 years of age or older. In order to achieve a good aesthetic result after rhinoplasty, digital shots are captured to give an idea about the shape of the nose to be achieved. Absence of breathing problem must be ensured during the examination.
Rhinoplasty is performed under general anaesthesia and take about 1.5-2 hours. Depending on the patient’s condition, open rhinoplasty (incision at the tip of the nose) or closed rhinoplasty (through the nostrils) can be performed. After closed rhinoplasty, the swelling and bruising are less, the recovery time is faster and a more natural nasal shape can be achieved. However, close rhinoplasty offers better results for extreme nasal curvature.
Although rhinoplasty may be performed for cosmetic purposes, problems such as septum curves and turbinate growths that cause breathing problems could also be corrected during surgery. After the surgery, silicone buffers are placed in the nose to support the septum and internally support the nasal bone-cartilage structures. Silicone nasal pads allow breathing through the patient’s nasal passages through the holes in the middle. 6-8 hours after the rhinoplasty, the patient could consume liquids and soft foods. Cold compress should be applied allows the reduction of swelling and bruising around the eye.
In the first 1-2 months, swelling (edema) on the nose gradually regresses. At the end of the month the new nasal shape starts to become apparent. However, the final state of the nose is reached approximately 5-6 months after the operation.